At the Village, it takes a village.
Our staff include certified nursing assistants, nurses, and an administrator, known as a Guide. A dietician, social worker and a nurse supervisor consult with the team as needed.
Staff bios and photos
Denise Mecartea joined Mustard Seed Village as the Guide (Director) in August 2022.
Denise has worked in health care all of her adult life, but began her career as a nursing assistant. She discovered a passion for working with persons with dementia while attending a family support group and taking part in a gerontologist mentoring program. She also became part of the first inclusive dementia care residence located in Gig Harbor in 1992. From there, Denise began teaching dementia and mental health for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Her career experience has involved planning, developing, and implementing memory care and assisted living programs in Pierce, Kitsap and Lewis Counties.
Denise has served in varying senior care capacities such as social services, Red Cross’ Meals on Wheels, and volunteering with Senior Information and Assistance. She has also assisted her own parents as they navigated through the many facets in health care that they needed.
Denise and her husband love living on the Key Peninsula where they enjoy growing flowers and vegetables. Her husband built their home in the 1970s and they feel fortunate to have their daughter and two grandsons living nearby. They also have two therapy dogs that have been raised to assist in senior care settings.
Hearth & Truss is the trusted management support at Mustard Seed Village.
Hearth & Truss creates welcoming, thriving communities for people to experience fulfilling lives. Our vision is to create thriving communities that feel like home. Our culture is shaped by how we value Integrity, Trust, Accountability, Fun, Leadership, Diversity, Innovation, Quality, Teamwork, & Simplicity.
Leveraging decades of experience leading start-up, turnaround and stabilized projects, Hearth & Truss provides a community-tailored and individualized approach for their clients and partners. They build caring and empowered teams who share their commitment to providing exceptional resident services. Having managed a diverse range of communities throughout the country, they customize solutions to the unique needs of each client, market or challenge.
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